Transformative Journal Status

The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene has pledged to become a transformative journal.

A Transformative Journal is a subscription/hybrid journal that is committed to transitioning to a fully OA journal. In addition, it must:

• gradually increase the share of OA content and
• offset subscription income from payments for publishing services (to avoid double payments).

Specific criteria for Transformative Journals:

1. A Transformative Journal will need to demonstrate an annual increase in the proportion of OA research content of at least 5% in absolute terms and at least 15% in relative terms, year-on-year .

2. A Transformative Journal must clearly and publicly announce on the journal website its commitment to transition to full OA and agree to transition to full Open Access as soon as possible and in any event no later than when 75% of its research content is published Open Access. The publisher must also acknowledge that financial support from cOAlition S funders will end at the latest by 31 December 2024.

3. A Transformative Journal must fulfill the requirements for publication venues detailed in Part III of the Plan S Implementation Guidance and make all the OA content available in accordance with the Plan S requirements.

4. The Transformative Journal must implement transparent pricing for the OA content published under this model, and ensure that institutions purchasing a subscription to a Transformative Journal will pay only for remaining subscription content.

5. The Transformative Journal must regularly update its authors on the usage, citations, and online attention of their published articles.

6. The publisher of the Transformative Journal must provide an annual public report to cOAlition S, reporting on progress and demonstrating compliance with the requirements for Transformative Journals. The report must provide information on the usage – including downloads, citations, altmetric data – of OA articles compared with the subscription content published in the Transformative Journal. This annual report should also be made accessible on the journals’ public website.


AJTMH has chosen to provide averages of the past three years since, due to the pandemic, our 2020 numbers are not a true reflection of how many original research articles and open access articles we typically publish in a given year. The numbers below represent the average of the past three years (2018-2020).


Average number of research articles published in 2018-2020 Average number of OA research articles published in 2018-2020  Average % of OA in 2018-2020 Target % of OA for 2021 Target number of OA research articles for 2021 based on the average number of  research articles published in 2018-2020
352 139 39% 45% 158